When it comes to interiors, I would say that I’m not one to play it safe; I will always try and create a space that’s original and current. This time, last year we were having a two-storey extension built, and I was deciding on Kitchen/Diner décor, whilst living at my parents and dragging a rather large bump around with me! Metallic and copper trends were starting to emerge and I felt really strongly about embracing them. I couldn’t commit of course, until I’d had a detailed consultation with ‘the girls’. But thankfully they loved the idea, and we went ahead.
My kitchen was completely overhauled, but you could incorporate copper accents into your space on a much lower scale, giving it a whole new lease of life. Read on for some ideas.
Handles and Door Fronts
After deciding on a black cooker and wine fridge, dark wood floor and grey walls (Farrow & Ball Lamp Room Grey and Moles Breath ), this colour palette really jumped out at me for the units.
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We had a particular budget in mind, so granite wasn’t an option – we had to think creatively. We compromised by having marble/granite effect tiles for the splash back around the cooker (Topps Tiles) and granite chopping boards and accessories. We added a reclaimed timber beam above the cooker (from a local reclamation yard) and a personalised street sign from Ebay. In the dining room I exposed the brick around the fireplace and added some scaffold shelves in the alcove.
I opted for teal blue door fronts, but the star of the show was the beaten copper handles. They add a touch of glamour as well as some warmth.
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At first, I was very reluctant to commit to having copper handles; kitchens don’t come cheap and we needed the choices we made to be timeless. I quickly realised though, that the handles could be changed very easily, along with the other copper fittings and I rather liked the idea of switching things up in a couple of years time. I wanted the funky detail to really come into its own, so chose the Fjord blue doors fronts and solid wood work tops, to ensure the copper handles really popped.
I’m a big fan of @featheringtheemptynest, who never fails to crack me up in her Instagram stories. She has recently updated her self-named #shitchen on a budget and has opted for similar- looking dark blue door fronts and copper handles. Make sure you’re following her, she has an incredible cause and she will be sure to brighten up your day.
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We were lucky enough to be able to keep our curved island, which we’d had a couple of years previously and just revamped the worktops and handles. Deciding to go with a contrasting island is a decision I haven’t regretted.
The handles were sourced by our amazing kitchen supplier at Arnold Interiors and were from a company called Hafele. They were around £9 per handle. Unfortunately, they have now been discontinued but there are a great selection of other stylish copper handless and knobs, so it’s definitely worth a look.
I had spotted an industrial light fitting in a local showroom, which I just had to have as a focal point over the island. I was quoted £280 but I was sure with the help of our electrician and sourcing the materials independently, we could significantly reduce the cost. I was right – the whole thing was completed and wired in for just £80. I think its one of the highlights of the space and what I love best is it looks so different from different angles of the room. If you love this light fitting and would like to have a go at creating your own, visit our “How to” page this week, where we have provided a full tutorial.
I particularly like the sleek and sophisticated feel created by the copper components. They refine the industrial style of the fitting and tie in seamlessly with my choice of accessories.
Tip: Purchase your industrial bulbs from Vendimialightingco. We found there was a huge range of shapes and sizes available and they are way more aesthetically pleasing than those we have sourced from high street stores. They also last much longer.
Whilst it is all open plan, it was important to maintain a sense of flow between the kitchen area and dining space. One of the ways I achieved this was with lighting; I opted for two simple, understated pendant fittings from IKEA, and hung them over the dining table. The fact that they were also copper, ensured I had the continuity I was after.
Believe it or not, copper taps were scarce this time last year, unless you wanted to donate a kidney to afford one. This one was an absolute steal from Ebay and was my most thrifty buy at around £55. The Tap Warehouse also stock many similar copper taps, both modern and traditional.
When it came to the finishing touches, I knew I wanted to a add a range of textures and finishes. My favourites are the beaten copper fruit bowl from Wilkos (which adds a vintage vibe), the high gloss copper kettle from Aldi and the fish tail copper plant pot from Home Sense, which houses my prized palm.
There are a whole host of others ways you can incorporate copper into your kitchen diner, and these are the pick of bunch.
Inspiring Instagrammers to follow
Whilst I was gathering ideas and inspiration for my kitchen , I became a little like a magpie looking out for pretty, shiny and attractive décor accounts. So, below I have put together a shortlist of some of the best accounts I came across, showing off their gorgeous and often incredibly unique copper wares.
First up, at Number 1, @olivia.gracehome is the queen of copper accessories. She is also rather partial to a bargain.
Number 2 goes to the fabulous kitchen of @inspirehome_inspireaway. The shiny and sleek copper handles against the dark door fronts and luxury of the granite worktops is a match made in heaven.
In at number 3, @hlaneatlanta has embraced the copper décor vibe and well and truly ran with it. The end result is this striking and unique kitchen space and the black accessories compliment the tiles perfectly.
Now we have seen the tap, but picture this in your kitchen. This beaten copper sink adds texture and a real vintage look to the space, now that is why @coppertec_uk gets our 4th spot.
Finally, @williamholland_ltd showcases an absolute show-stopper of a bath. I think this is definitely a sign that copper is going to be featuring in our bathrooms a whole lot more in the coming months.
If you have a distinctively different kitchen that you would like to share with the Homebirds readers, we would love to hear from you.
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